Apr 13, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Luke Ridnour (13) signals three points after a basket by Timberwolves point guard J.J. Barea (not pictured) during the fourth quarter against the Phoenix Suns at the Target Center. Timberwolves won 105-93. Mandatory Credit: Greg Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Trade Situations For Minnesota Timberwolves This Offseason

The Minnesota Timberwolves have had a solid offseason so far signing Kevin Martin and Chase Budinger and giving a offer to the massive Montenegrin center Nikola Pekovic. The Timberwolves don’t have that much money left to sign big name free agents but can sign players to make an impact off the bench. The Timberwolves are showing they aren’t done signing other free agents after waiving Greg Stiemsma and Mickael Gelabale. These two were not key pieces during last season would have hurt the development of Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng if they stayed in Minnesota and ate up their minutes.

One good move Minnesota should make is trading Luke Ridnour. An ideal landing spot for Ridnour would be the Boston Celtics. The Celtics have just entered a rebuilding stage, and after trading away many of their veteran players, getting a veteran who can still be a threat from behind the arc is essential and Luke Ridnour fits the bill perfectly. The Celtics do not have a point guard on their roster besides Rajon Rondo and Ridnour would be a nice backup for Rondo. The Timberwolves should look to get MarShon Brooks out of this deal as he is a young player with a good shot and is an above average defender. Brooks was used sparingly by the Nets last season only averaging 12.5 mpg, 5.4 ppg, 1.4 rpg. Brooks is only 24 years old and has only been in the league two years and is not anywhere close to his full potential. Brooks brings two things to the Timberwolves that they sorely lacked last year: athleticism and three point shooting. Brooks is a great athlete and a solid three point shooter. Brooks would be a nice backup for Kevin Martin and would receive more playing time in Minnesota where he could grow to his full potential.

The Timberwolves are a young team who needs a few veterans on it with playoff experience. Most Timberwolves fans are fed up with Derrick Williams who was drafted second overall and would like to see him shipped out. Williams can be a good player but nobody is sure if he will ever reach his full potential, which he showed in college ball. On the other hand the Bucks have an aging frontcourt in Ersan Ilyasova and Samuel Dalembert and are looking to provide playing time for their frontcourt of the future in Larry Sanders and John Henson. Williams would fit nicely with the Bucks and is a similar player to Henson and Sanders as athletic frontcourt players. The Timberwolves need three point shooting. Ilyasova shot 44% from behind the arc last season which is a spectacular number. Ilyasova is a tweener and at 6’10 can play either forward position, and in small ball he can play the five. Ilyasova averaged 27.2 mpg, 13.2 ppg, and 7.1 rpg. Ilyasova is similar to Kevin Love as both of these players can shoot the lights out and grab rebounds. Gorgui Dieng and Ersan Ilyasova would be an interesting duo off the bench, could complement each other well, and could round out a solid second unit for Minnesota.

The Wolves need to trade Luke Ridnour or JJ Barea. It would be best for the Wolves to trade Ridnour as Barea is instant offense and has the ability to put up 15 points in a quarter. If the Wolves cannot find a suitor for Ridnour here is a deal the Magic and Wolves could pull off. JJ Barea and Dante Cunningham to the Magic for Arron Afflalo and Kyle O’Quinn. Arron Afflalo hasn’t quite got back to playing the level he did in Denver but is still a solid player who can hit the three. Afflalo has a career 38% from behind the arc and averaged 16.5 ppg. He could replace Barea’s instant offense off the bench and could help the Wolves win games. Cunningham and O’Quinn are throw in pieces to make the salaries even and will likely be role players that would come in at the power forward position and be asked to grab a few rebounds and not much else.

All in all, each of these trades would benefit both teams involved and while these trades aren’t groundbreaking, the NBA is made up of role players and they are extremely important to every NBA team. These trades would help the Timberwolves solidify their bench and would be smart moves to make this offseason.

Tags: Arron Afflalo Derrick Williams Ersan Ilyasova JJ Barea Luke Ridnour MarShon Minnesota Timberwolves Nba Trades



    • Jack Jameson

      @twolvemaniac:disqus Thanks for the support! I am new and just joined about a week ago. I try to write a lot! Unfortunately Harden and Howard would bring us over the cap space. Do you have a twitter? If so follow Dunking with Wolves and me @jackjameson23. Thanks!

    • Brant Van Dyke

      First of all TWOLVEMANIAC, stop using so much punctuation and caps. It’s incredibly annoying. Second, what planet are you from to think that we could trade Pek for Harden and Howard? We couldn’t even pull off a Harden for Pek trade, let alone both of them. While we are at it, why don’t we trade Budinger for Lebron, and D Wade, K Martin for K Durant, etc.

      In response to Jack, you have a well written article, but I don’t see any of these trades happening to be honest. Boston is rebuilding, so I see it highly unlikely that they would trade a promising young player for an older veteran unless Brooks doesn’t fit their game plan. The Bucks trade is a little closer, but I don’t think the Wolves give up on D. Williams just yet. He showed a lot of improvement in the last half of the season and I feel it would be foolish to give up on him right when he was gaining confidence. As for the Orlando trade, I don’t see Orlando going for this either, not to mention I think the team is high on Dante Cunningham and wouldn’t sign him just to trade him away. Losing Cunningham would also hurt our defense, which is the last thing we need right now.

      • Jack Jameson

        @brantvandyke:disqus I agree the Wolves shouldn’t give up on Williams. These aren’t trades that have a high chance of happening but just potential trades that would help both teams. The trades are way too specific to happen but these are just some moves I thought would be interesting for the Wolves. I do not see a trade happening for the Wolves this offseason. The Wolves will likely just sign some defensive minded players as they have a lot of Offensive firepower in their starting five.